Dáil Éireann - Volume 679 - 31 March, 2009

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved and granted jobseeker’s allowance. [12858/09]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: The person concerned has been awarded jobseeker’s allowance at the maximum weekly rate of €204.30 from 17 February, 2009. A payment of €544.80, which includes all arrears due, less any supplementary welfare allowance paid, will issue to her on 31 March, 2009. Under Social Welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by Deciding Officers and Appeals Officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the position in relation to child benefit and one parent family allowance payment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12900/09]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: The person concerned is in receipt of child benefit in respect of one child. He applied for One Parent Family Payment (OPFP) on 20 September 2007. His application was disallowed as he failed to disclose all of his means. He appealed the disallowance decision and the decision was upheld by an Appeals Officer. He does not have a current OPFP claim pending.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when supplementary welfare allowance will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12904/09]

  Deputy Mary Hanafin: The Health Service Executive has advised that the payment of supplementary welfare allowance to the person concerned is currently under review with the Executive’s Appeals Office. The person concerned will be informed of the Appeals Officer’s decision in due course.